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Eucomis bicolor AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Pale Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Stem

Green and Purple in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

two-coloured pineapple lily

Family

Asparagaceae


Eucomis are bulbous perennials forming a large basal rosette of strap-shaped leaves, with an erect stem bearing a dense raceme of star-shaped flowers, topped by a crown of leafy bracts, opening in late summer and early autumn

E. bicolor is a perennial to 50cm in height, with wavy, strap-shaped leaves and purple-spotted stems bearing racemes of star-shaped pale green flowers, each tepal edged with maroon, with a terminal rosette of leafy bracts

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant 15cm deep in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Mulch well in colder areas

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in autumn or spring. Alternatively remove offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free